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Origin PC Eon11-S: Great Gaming Performance From A Tiny Notebook?

Know What You're Getting Into...And Enjoy

Most of our comparisons rely heavily on the performance-per-dollar measurement to determine a winner, but the Eon11-S very deliberately prioritizes portability ahead of performance. With an 11.6" display that offers a maximum 1366x768 resolution, it fills a completely different market niche than any of the other gaming-oriented notebooks we’ve recently tested. That is to say, top placement on the value chart will only help Origin sell a few more of its compact gaming notebooks if the company can convince gamers of 1366x768 adequacy.

Many enthusiasts balk at the idea of playing their favorite titles at 1366x768, and more productivity-focused power users doing video and photo work will feel particularly crowded on a small screen. But increased pixel density is costly in terms of both money and power consumption, and not necessarily useful to anyone who sits more than a few inches away from this screen. It doesn't appear pixelated to normal users, instead it simply appears tiny.

If you can tolerate an 11.6" display with a fairly low resolution, though, you'll be rewarded with playable frame rates at moderately-high detail settings in some of today's most graphically-challenging games. Nvidia's GeForce GT 650M excels matched up to Intel's on-die graphics engine in these situations. Running on energy-efficient hardware, we see the strongest case yet for Lucidlogix's HyperFormance technology.

In fact, HyperFormance boosted our most demanding games so effectively that we're thrilled to have nothing but good news to report in this review. Mobile gamers get superb portability and adequate performance, making an even swap for screen size in the exchange. Although Origin PC wouldn't have impressed us nearly as much with these components in a larger chassis, the Eon11-S is an exceptional performer amongst the other systems we've seen sharing this form factor.

And so, while we know the Eon11-S won't satisfy every mobile gamer's requisites, we can easily recommend Origin PC's solution to anyone specifically shopping for a compact notebook with gaming chops. I actually don't mind hauling around heavier notebooks. So, as an enthusiast who actually needs more screen space to work, I look forward to testing one of Origin PC's larger, less portable solutions.

  • joytech22
    It's quite the potent little power house isn't it.
    I can bet you one thing though the pricing won't be as potent lol.
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  • UltimateDeep
    This is based on the Clevo W110ER. What other Barebones can go as powerful as such in a small package.
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  • Estix
    joytech22It's quite the potent little power house isn't it.I can bet you one thing though the pricing won't be as potent lol.It's based off a Clevo barebones, so it's the same as the Sager NP6110 which starts at $899

    http://www.sagernotebook.com/index.php?page=product_customed&model_name=NP6110

    I just wish they'd offer a screen better than 1366x768 (at least 1440x900 or such)
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  • mayankleoboy1
    I have a first gen corei3 notebook. It runs fine, but battery isnt too great.
    But i wont be upgrading to anything till haswell is released.
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  • amuffin
    Too bad they don't offer the GT650M 1GB GDDR5 which faster than the DDR3 version.....
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  • Pyree
    EstixIt's based off a Clevo barebones, so it's the same as the Sager NP6110 which starts at $899http://www.sagernotebook.com/index ame=NP6110I just wish they'd offer a screen better than 1366x768 (at least 1440x900 or such)
    9538812 said:
    Too bad they don't offer the GT650M 1GB GDDR5 which faster than the DDR3 version.....
    There is a bios mod for some crazy OC on the GPU. Although you are right amuffin, the GDDR3 on the GT 650m is a let down. You can get the W150ER at similar price (also has a bios mod for OC) with GT 650m GDDR5 although it is a 15 inch (but 1080p screen).
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  • captainblacko
    shame about the resolution but a 11 inch mobile gaming machine is pretty appealing to me. i could get a few sneaky rounds on BF3 whilst on the toilet at work....
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  • whyso
    The thing Im the most pumped about is the windows 7 physical media.
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  • captainblacko
    scan have a version in the UK.

    http://3xs.scan.co.uk/ShowSystem.asp?SystemID=1459
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  • captainblacko
    the scan version comes with the 2gb 650M
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